Halloween is almost upon us and if you are a new parent then this is a particularly exciting one...baby’s first Halloween! Time to start brainstorming ideas around adorable costumes, sweet ways to dress up your new little one, and what better way to make this Halloween unforgettable than creating a cute family costume!?
The 31st of October is lots of fun for all the family and brings out the kids in all of us, big or small! Over the last few years, we’ve seen the time honoured tradition of dressing up for Halloween grow in popularity with the dedication to costumes - especially family halloween costumes - becoming more and more creative.
Just like with so many other first-time experiences, baby’s first Halloween is incredibly special and there’s so much fun to be had in celebrating in spooktacular style with your little goblin or ghoul! Although they’re only little, there’s definitely lots of memories to be made and photos to be taken and looked back on in years to come. Whether you opt for fancy dress or decide to make your family costume yourself, the build up and preparation for Halloween is almost as exciting as the event itself!
If you want to celebrate this year in spooktacular style with matching family halloween costumes but need a little inspiration to get started then we’re here to help...
Choosing your family halloween costumes
With so much going on as new parents, how do you choose from the many family Halloween costume ideas out there? You know that you want to create something amazing with your family, but how do you choose a group costume that works for everyone? Well, a matching family Halloween costume doesn’t necessarily mean that you look identical or you have to portray a group of characters, you could even create a look together or follow a theme.
Still not sure where to begin? Then you’re in luck because we’ve compiled a selection of some of our favourite family costume ideas. Plus, we’ve included a few famous faces who’ve created iconic family Halloween costumes to get your creative juices flowing!
A family affair
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Credit: Stacey Solomon Instagram
Is there anything more Halloween-y than the Addams family? Probably not, right? Stacey, Joe and the children went all out to recreate the iconic gloomy brood. For us, it’s baby Rex with his tiny suit and moustache that really completes the look!
Need lots of coffee to keep up with your little bean?
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Credit: Dominique Samario Instagram
Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky if you relish the opportunity to dress up but you’re not a fan of the gore. You can still wear matching family halloween costumes without the ghoulish vibe! And if your little one keeps you on your toes and under-caffeinated, then we love this idea of dressing up as your favourite coffee shop/cup and little bean!
Second star on the right, and straight on till morning
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Credit: David Burtka Instagram
Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and their twins go all out in matching family costumes whenever they can! Back in 2013, the family dressed up as the characters from Peter Pan and this is one of our favourite family Halloween costume ideas!
Arrrgh! Shiver me timbers!
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Credit: P!nk Instagram
Who doesn’t love pirates? Pink and her family certainly do and we think they look amazing! What we love about pirate costumes is that the whole family can get involved without having to look identical, letting everyone put their own spin on the family costume. Plus, whether there’s a few of you, or your entire extended family wants to get involved, they can!
The boy who lived
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Credit: Heather Gwinn Instagram
We adore this Harry Potter themed costume, with Baby being dressed as an owl. The great thing about this matching Halloween family costume idea (as well as how cute Baby will be!) is that there’s plenty of characters and room for everyone to get involved - so whether you’re a family of three or six, there’s space for everyone in the Hogwarts houses.
A family of mimes
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Did you know that some people actually have a phobia of mimes? There’s even a word for it: metamfiezomaiophobia! This is one of our favourite matching family costume ideas because not only can everyone get involved no matter how many of you there are, it’s also an easy DIY family Halloween costume. All you need are some striped tops, black trousers and a bit of face paint! Plus some suspenders if you really want to push the boat out.
Ice, Ice, Baby
Image: https://www.thinkingcloset.com/2016/10/26/ice-ice-baby-punny-halloween-costume/ (it’s near the bottom of the page)
Credit: The Thinking Closet
This is probably one of our favourite ever family costume ideas, it genuinely made us laugh out loud! If you’re looking for a pun-filled and clever family Halloween costume, then The Thinking Closet has step-by-step instructions for recreating this and bringing those iconic Vanilla Ice lyrics to life.
Who are you gonna call?
Credit: Adventureswithmylittle Instagram
How cute is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this recreation of Ghostbusters? We definitely prefer Baby Stay Puft to the original!
Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
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Sorry if you’ve only just got Baby Shark out of your head, because... this is one of the cutest matching family costume ideas ever, even if it does come with a toe-tapping tune that will live in your head forever.
Credit: Tony Alter Flickr
Introducing the Rubbles: Betty, Bam-Bam and Barney! How adorable are these family Halloween costumes? You’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable Baby’s first Halloween with a Flintstone inspired costume!
Me want cookie!
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This family costume idea probably requires a bit more planning, but we adore the cookie monster with cookies and milk! It’s absolutely precious. So if you’ve got a bit of a bit of a sweet tooth, we think your family would love this matching family Halloween costume.
Playing cops and robbers
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Credit: Life Anchored
If your little one has stolen your heart, then celebrate Baby’s first Halloween by dressing up as cops and robbers. If you fancy re-creating this for yourself then this costume is perfect for DIY, and Life Anchored has all the instructions!
There’s no place like home
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If you’ve got a big family, then creating the Wizard of Oz should make your list of family Halloween costumes as there’s a character for everyone. Plus, if you’ve got a furry family member, you’ve got Toto too!
We hope these 13 matching Halloween family costumes have given you plenty of inspiration for ways to celebrate Baby’s first Halloween in spooktacular splendour!
Making Baby’s First Halloween Safe
Halloween is a lovely time to dress up, have lots of fun and make some unforgettable memories, but we want to help you do that in a safe way too. So, here’s our top tips for keeping your little goblin or ghoul safe this Halloween:
Wear a layer under Baby’s Halloween costume
Fancy dress costumes don’t have to adhere to the same regulations that regular clothes do, this means they can be flammable or even just a bit uncomfortable on Baby’s sensitive skin. So, under Baby’s costume layer up with a vest or romper.
Watch out for wigs
If Baby’s costume comes with any accessories like wigs or beards, make sure they don’t cover their eyes, nose or mouth.
Masks can make it difficult for Baby to see
Baby’s vision is still developing, any masks or anything covering their face can make it more difficult for them, so avoid a mask and instead opt for some non-toxic face paint.
Spooky but safe props
If Baby’s costume comes with any additions or props like wings, swords or wands then make sure they’re safe and comfortable for Baby. Plus, make sure they’re short and flexible so they don’t accidentally hurt themselves.
We hope these tips help you to ensure everyone has a safe and spooky Halloween!
There’s so much going on when you’re new parents and in Baby’s first year, so remember, Baby is only little so they won’t remember it if you decide to skip it this year. But if you’re looking to make Baby’s first Halloween unforgettable and create family traditions for years to come, there’s plenty of ways for them to get involved in matching Halloween costumes and make fantastic family memories.
Whether you choose to go with one of the matching family Halloween costumes that we’ve listed above or you create something totally unique for your family, we’d love to see. Tag us in your family Halloween costume photos on social media! Find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram at @bluebellfamily.